FICTION
Guitars and Heroes: Mythic Guitars and Legendary Musicians
256p. photos. Firefly. Sept. 2018. pap. $29.95. ISBN 9780228101185.
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Musician and writer Bitoun covers the favorite guitars of legendary rock musicians. Short essays about individual guitarists are accompanied by color photos of their best-known or most-loved instrument. Taken as a whole, it's an overview of the history of rock guitarists and guitars—going all the way back to the genre's roots in blues masters such as Robert Johnson and Jimmie Rodgers and ending with modern virtuosos including Josh Homme and Jack White. A few superstars, like Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and the Beatles, get multi-page photo spreads, and the chapters are punctuated with mini-articles highlighting albums, gear, and historic tidbits. This title will delight rock guitar aficionados with its attention to detail and gorgeous color artwork. It will satisfy guitar gearheads with discussions of the finer points of hardware but can also serve as a jumping-off point to discover new favorites—there's enough variety here for any teen to learn something new.
VERDICT A solid choice for libraries serving music history buffs, a browsable volume for general interest shelves, and good starting place for reports.

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